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Under attack from the international community for not reining in terrorist outfits, Pakistan on Thursday said that it will not allow use of its territory for terror activities.
"I assure you and I assure the House that I will never ever allow my soil, Pakistani soil to be used for terror activities," Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [Images] said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Terming the Mumbai incident as 'unfortunate', Gilani said, "We condemn terrorism, whether it is in Mumbai or Islamabad [Images] or Karachi."
"I am sorry for the incident," he said.
Speaking at a seminar on 'Pakistan and its neighbours', he said his government was probing the Mumbai terror attacks [Images] on the basis of the information given by India.
"Whatever dossier or information has been provided by the government of India, I have already constituted a high powered committee in the Ministry of Interior. We are probing the incident," he said.
"Whatever be the findings from that inquiry, we will provide it to India and to the whole world," Gilani said, adding that he was 'deeply aggrieved' by the terror attacks in Mumbai and had immediately offered 'full intelligence cooperation' to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images].
He said the Pakistani leadership had a number of interactions with the leadership of India. "I met Dr Manmohan Singh several times at various summits and on the sidelines. We wanted to solve all the outstanding issues, including the issue of Kashmir.
"But for this one incident, we will be creating confidence building measures and we were very close to each other," he said.
Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, who was invited for the seminar, did not attend. He refused to comment on the reasons for his absence.
Nath, who is here for the WEF, told PTI that as far as terrorism is concerned, every needle of suspicion points to Pakistan and the global community has to address the issue of the 'nurseries of terrorism' in Pakistan.
Gilani said it was unfair on the part of the global community to view Pakistan as a failed state and added that the country's Constitution, Parliament, judiciary and free media were indicators to the contrary.
On the sidelines of the WEF, Gilani also met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin [Images].
He told Putin that Pakistan had extended cooperation to India in investigating the Mumbai terror attacks and would soon hand over the results of the probe to New Delhi [Images].
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